- A Report released by the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, has said that drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050.
- The report has further added that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
- It has also noted that antimicrobial resistance has adverse impacts such as a) more and more common diseases, including respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections becoming untreatable; b) lifesaving medical procedures are becoming riskier, and c) food systems are getting increasingly unsafe and uncertain.
- Anti-microbial resistance is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises AMR as a serious threat to global public health.
- The report has provided a number of recommendations to combat AMR. These include a) governments should prioritise national action plans to scale-up financing and capacity-building efforts, b) put in place stronger regulatory systems, c) launch awareness programs for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials by professionals in human, animal and plant health, d) invest in ambitious research and development for new technologies to combat AMR.
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